Wednesday, May 18, 2022



Glebe picketers demand: ‘Give us decent homes’

GLEBE: A crowd of public housing activists is picketing to demand that the right to a decent home should be an election issue. “We are...

‘I vote for the trees’ – join creatives in call for environmental justice this election

This election, high-end fashion designers, leading artists, environmental activist groups, production companies and actor/producers have teamed up to urge people to consider the environment...

Scrapping sustainable planning principles is dystopian

“We do not have to wrestle between the immediate nature of the housing crisis and the similarly immediate nature of climate change,” writes Councillor HY William Chan. “What we do need is to facilitate policy and urban development that includes everyone.”

Volunteers’ News – May 2022

Autumn bursts upon us and as always Sydney is full of things to do in May. Events like: Neighbourhood Centre Week, Sydney Park Community Planting Day, Sydney Writers’ Festival and more ...

Federal Election 2022 – electorate of Sydney

All candidates for the federal electorate of Sydney were asked what three areas of reform they would prioritise to achieve social and economic equity for the community they seek to represent. They were also asked to respond to two key prompts on housing and climate change.

Sensor bracelet designed to give back control to hand-impaired

People who lack the ability to use their hands from conditions like motor neurone disease and cerebral palsy may one day be able to play video games that require a handheld controller through the use of customisable, wearable 3D printed bracelets.

Inaugural First Nations women’s hip‑hop showcase

Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) will host the inaugural First Nations women’s hip-hop showcase, Love for My Sisters, as part of this year’s conference program.

Let’s get serious about climate justice

The recent deaths of three people in a fire at a Newtown boarding house on March 15 drove home the consequences that can result from a lack of housing choice. An array of people and organisations are calling for changes to ensure boarding houses are safer, more secure and affordable.

Palm Sunday – ‘justice and freedom for refugees’

The Australian Refugee Action Network (ARAN) took a leading role in the Palm Sunday rally at Belmore Park, Haymarket, on April 10. The theme...

Print copies – find places near you

The South Sydney Herald (SSH) continues in print every month. The paper is available from a range of venues across all suburbs in South Sydney – from cafés, pubs and restaurants to shops and community centres.

Wolfpack Space Hub lands in Waterloo

The soft opening of Wolfpack Space Hub’s new facility in Wellington Street, Waterloo, was on April 19, 2022.

Redfern launch of smoke- and vape-free pregnancy campaign

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence will host the launch of the Talking About Tobacco Use Team’s outdoor media campaign to raise awareness and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples smoke- and vape-free pregnancy.

Volunteers’ News – April 2022

As I look out my window today, the sun is shining after lots of rain overnight. I’m hoping it will last, though the weather forecast tells me differently. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to those in northern NSW and Queensland who continue to suffer severe weather activity.

Call out for ideas for new Aboriginal knowledge and cultural centre...

The City of Sydney is asking local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members for ideas about how to transform an historic building in...

Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme closes soon – help to apply

In this Q&A, Maureen Randall from Redfern Legal Centre encourages First Nations Elders who may be eligible for ex-gratia payments under the Stolen Generations...

More support for boarding house residents

The recent deaths of three people in a fire at a Newtown boarding house on March 15 drove home the consequences that can result from a lack of housing choice. An array of people and organisations are calling for changes to ensure boarding houses are safer, more secure and affordable.

Waterloo South – for the local community?

WATERLOO: Last month, the NSW government’s redevelopment proposal for Waterloo South was placed on exhibition (until April 29). Since the redevelopment was first announced in...

Eden Garden – community consultation

Established in the 1980s, Eden Community Garden at South Sydney Uniting Church has a proud history of providing a safe space for gardening and...

Anti-Racism Library launched to build harmony

Counterpoint Community Services celebrated Harmony Week, in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, by launching its very...

Vale Jack Carnegie (March 1948 – September 2021)

On March 22 Jane Rogers opened an exhibition as a memorial for Jack Carnegie, presenting some of his photography between the 1980s and 2017. She...

Climate action now!

“As I’m up here today I am terrified of what is happening to our climate and the fact that our government is doing nothing about it,” 13-year-old James McEwen said. He spoke at the School Strike 4 Climate rally on March 25, and encouraged others to join the fight.

Climate change is not gender neutral

Current events such as conflict, Covid-19 and intensifying climate emergencies are resulting in increased inequalities and risks for women, according to a United Nations...

Dive deep with the Sea Museum’s holiday program

The whole family can dive deep into discovery in April thanks to a packed school holiday program at the Australian National Maritime Museum in...

Chippendale local SJ Norman wins 67th Blake Prize

Sydney artist and Chippendale local, SJ Norman, has won the 67th Blake Prize for a work which focuses on the 147 Aboriginal people who...

LAHC lands public housing campaign

Local community groups are building momentum around a campaign for public housing on a vacant block next to Redfern Oval. The site, at 600 Elizabeth...

Powerhouse propels 100 Climate Conversations

The Powerhouse Museum launched 100 Climate Conversations in March to connect audiences with the action and innovation happening in Australia to address the climate crisis.

Help easing loneliness could be just next door

Neighbours look after each other’s animals, water plants while they’re away and hold social events. They can also be a vital port of call in an emergency. That’s why Resilient Sydney is encouraging us to get to know the people who live next door.

Let’s get proud at the InnerWest Disability Pride Fest

Head to Newtown Neighbourhood Centre for the InnerWest Disability Pride Fest from 11am on April 9.

Locals feature in finals for Short+Sweet

Talented locals will feature in ‘the biggest little theatre festival in the world’ when Short+Sweet finally gets to complete its Covid-interrupted 2021 season in April 2022.

Fewer photo opps, a lot more climate action, please

A Lismore mother and evacuee who lost her home to the recent floods says the Morrison Government should take more action to reduce emissions...

‘Snap sights’ to shift glaucoma out of the picture

Redfern local, Beryl Ford, was diagnosed with glaucoma at 53 years old ... and she was shocked. She is sharing her story in support of Glaucoma Australia’s new fundraising initiative 7 Sights in 7 Days Challenge.

Haymarket Foundation’s healthcare for homeless wins HESTA

The Haymarket Foundation Medical Practice team has won a 2022 HESTA Impact Award for its dedication to providing accessible, specialist healthcare and housing support services for people experiencing, or who are at risk of, homelessness.

Perrottet fails Glebe on town planning

“The tragedy is that there are opportunities to create additional density without destroying the character of Glebe,” writes Ian Stephenson. “The present government seem to have only one approach to town planning which is high-rise.”

Meet your new councillors – part 2

Two of the new City of Sydney councillors, elected on December 4, 2021, found time to introduce themselves this month. Meet Shauna Jarrett (Liberal) and Lyndon Gannon (Liberal).

Pub operation must protect and encourage heritage access

The major space for heritage interpretation at the Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop is in Bays 1 and 2 of the Workshops. The southern part is...

University of Sydney welcomes students back to campus

After months of online learning during the pandemic, the University of Sydney celebrated the return of students during Welcome Week (February 14-18).

Volunteers’ News – March 2022

Sydney's events calendar is hotting up now Covid restrictions have been scaled back. There's Harmony Week, St Patrick's Day, the International Women’s Day rally and march ... and much more.

Sounding a warning for our birds

Songs of Disappearance features birdsongs of 53 of the rarest species in Australia on the brink of extinction.

Remembering Terry (1970-2021)

The memorial service for Terry James Irving (17/6/1970–10/6/2021) at the Park Café on Chalmers, February 15, included spoken and musical tributes, tears and laughter. Those who knew him best remember a proud Bundjalung man, fiercely loyal, quick-witted – a lover of animals, music and painting.

Barkaa and Bukhu bring diversity to New Beginnings

The stage line-up for the New Beginnings Festival at the Maritime Museum on March 19 promises “glocal sounds” spanning the globe, showcasing some of...

Big Love mural launched in Redfern for Mardi Gras

A new mural in Redfern, inspired by a love match in the Australian LGBTQIA+ community, is part of this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian...

Grab your solar-powered beer at Young Henrys

Young Henrys brewery in Newtown installed its second solar system in early February thanks to the generosity of its community and the clean energy movement Pingala.

Feline friendly? March is the month to adopt

A new challenge in the pet adoption landscape is the more than 36,000 cats and kittens that remain homeless. This March, people could help break the cycle of pet homelessness in Australia by adopting a cat - as PETstock Zetland hosts its annual National Pet Adoption Month.

Speaking out against the Religious Discrimination Bill

This open letter to the SCEGGS Darlinghurst Community urges its members to speak out against the Religious Discrimination Bill currently being discussed in the...

At What Cost?

In At What Cost? writer Nathan Maynard addresses hard truths from Tasmania’s past that must be told. It also tackles vexatious issues of the Australian post-colonial present.

Meat eating link to inflammation, worse gut health and MS

Eating more meat, having less of a carbohydrate-digesting bacteria in the gut and more pro-inflammatory immune cells in the blood, all link with multiple sclerosis (MS), an international team has found.

Paddington Markets reimagined for locals

For nearly 50 years Paddington Markets have been the beating heart of Paddington’s progressive, creative and inclusive community. Despite the last two years being...

Volunteers’ News – February 2022

This is Year of the Tiger (the Water Tiger) in many Asian communities, and as always Sydney is putting on a show with style.

Meet your new councillors

Amid lots of Council inductions, getting access to their Council emails and trying to recruit staff, two of the new City of Sydney councillors found time to introduce themselves this month.

One&All is here to help and heal

Sydney’s first all-inclusive community hub for disabled and abled individuals aims to “elevate all” says its founder/director Romy Wolman in this Q&A.

Picture books are superheroes for your child’s development

Reading picture books to your child gives them windows to different worlds outside of home. It also creates special memories and allows their concentration span, listening and language skills to develop.

Yabun – in person and online

This year marked the 20th anniversary of Yabun (“song with a beat”), the largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australia.